Evaluating Jets TE Jace Amaro

Height: 6’5
Weight: 265

Overview: Jace Amaro is a tight end from Texas Tech, who was a second round draft pick selected by the New York Jets. Last season, he had 38 catches for 345 yards and 2 touchdowns, all while only having 34% of the starting snaps.

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - AUGUST 22:  Tight end Jace Amaro #88 of the New York Jets celebrates a touchdown reception in the second quarter of a preseason game against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium on August 22, 2014 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ – AUGUST 22: Tight end Jace Amaro #88 of the New York Jets celebrates a touchdown reception in the second quarter of a preseason game against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium on August 22, 2014 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)

Strengths: Athletic. Has ideal size at the tight end position. Versatile, can be used as an H-Back, and as a slot receiver. Decent route runner. Runs great for his size, can create mismatches. Knows how to break tackles, and can run defenders over. A great red-zone target. Has some blocking skills and has the ability to develop into a solid blocker.

Weaknesses: Questionable hands, has dropped catchable passes. Lacks explosiveness. Could improve on run blocking.

How he fits the New York Jets: Todd Bowles has announced that Jeff Cumberland would be the starting tight end for the New York Jets and that Jace Amaro would be used as an H-Back. How does Amaro fit the offense? Although he is currently not the starting tight end, Chan Gailey will put an offense in place that he is familiar playing in when he was on Texas Tech. A spread type offense will help cater to strengths since he has the experience playing as a H-Back. As the season progresses, he should get more comfortable and may potentially take starting snaps at tight end away from Cumberland.

Bottom Line: hr has the skills sets and traits to be a starting caliber tight end in the next level. Chan Gailey’s offense should help maximizes and better utilize his strengths in the next level.

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